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Records of the Robert Mills Papers Project [xerographic and photographic copies], ca. 1800-1860s, 1984-1989

view Records of the Robert Mills Papers Project [xerographic and photographic copies], ca. 1800-1860s, 1984-1989 digital asset number 1
Project director:
Evelyn, Douglas E
Subject:
Mills, Robert 1781-1855
Adams, John Quincy 1767-1848
Alexander, Robert L
Bache, A. D (Alexander Dallas) 1806-1867
Bryan, John
Calhoun, John C (John Caldwell) 1782-1850
Clay, Henry
Clinton, DeWitt
Corcoran, W. W (William Wilson) 1798-1888
Davis, Jefferson
Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
Hoban, James
Jefferson, Thomas 1743-1826
Lafayette
Latrobe, Benjamin Henry 1764-1820
Peale, Rembrandt 1778-1860
Pierce, Franklin
Renwick, James Sr
Scott, Pamela
Trumbull, John 1756-1843
Physical description:
23.3 cu. ft.: 50 boxes
Type:
Correspondence
Collection descriptions
Construction Records
Plans (drawings)
Place:
United States
Date:
1800
1870
ca 1800-1860s, 1984-1989
19th century
Notes:
Mills was born Aug. 1781 in Charleston, South Carolina. After grammar school, studied under architect James Hoban. About 1799 moved to Washington and began work drafting plans for the Capitol under Hoban. For about a year, presumably lived with Thomas Jefferson, studying architecture from his library. Worked with Benjamin Latrobe as a draftman on the U.S. Capitol and the Baltimore Cathedral. In 1814 received national recognition when he won the competition for the design of Baltimore's Washington Monument. 1836: won the competition for the design of the Treasury and began long career as architect for the Federal Government, designing buildings he is most widely known for: the Post Office and the Washington National Monument. Also supervised construction of the Patent Office and submitted preliminary designs for the Capitol extension and the Smithsonian Institution. Served under seven Presidents, retiring in 1851.
Summary:
The Robert Mills Papers Project was begun in 1984 with the goal of producing a microfilm publication of historical documents by, to, from, and about Mills. The majority of the documents are from the National Archives, but a mass mailing to 3,000 other libraries and archives across the country resulted in the inclusion of documents from thirty other repositories as well. The final publication is to be released late in 1989 and will consist of approximately 3,500 documents on twelve rolls of microfilm. This collection is composed entirely of xerographic and photographic reproductions made for the Robert Mills Papers Project. Copies include correspondence, plans, federal legislation regarding proposed government construction projects, construction records, and material regarding people with a relation to Mills or one of his projects. The documents included in this collection relate to the construction of Mills's buildings, but do not mention him specifically. Of papers collected for this project, this collection consists of copies of documents NOT selected for microfilming and not included in the microfilm publication.
Cite as:
Records of the Robert Mills Papers Project, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Topic:
Architecture
Architectural drawing
Architects
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH

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